Loek van Wely Biography

Dutch chess player and politicianIn this Dutch name, the surname is van Wely, not Wely.

Loek van Wely (born 7 October 1972) is a Dutch chess player and politician. He was awarded the *le Grandmaster by FIDE in 1993, and was rated among the world's top ten in 2001 with a rating of 2714. In March 2019, he was elected to the Dutch Senate for the right-wing Forum for Democracy; however, on 8 December 2020 he switched his party allegiance to the van Pareren group, which is now affiliated with the right-wing JA21 party.

Chess career

He has won the Dutch Chess Championship on eight occasions: six consecutive times from 2000 through 2005, in 2014 and in 2017.

In 2002, in Maastricht, Netherlands, van Wely took on the computer program Rebel in a four-game match, scoring 2/4 (+2–2=0). In 2005, he led the Dutch team to victory at the European Team Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Van Wely participated in the elite tournament held in Wijk aan Zee (originally named Hoogovens, then Corus, now Tata Steel) 25 times, consecutively from 1992 to 2010 and again from 2012 to 2017. His best result occurred in 2003, when he shared fourth place with Alexei Shirov, Alexander Grischuk, V*ily Ivanchuk and Vladimir Kramnik scoring 7 out of 13 points.

In May 2010, van Wely won the 14th Chicago Open. In 2011, he came in first at Berkeley International tournament in Berkeley. In 2016, he won the Hogeschool Zeeland tournament scoring 8 points from 9 games.


    External links

    • Loek van Wely rating card at FIDE
    • Loek van Wely player profile and games at Chessgames.com
    • Loek van Wely chess games at 365Chess.com
    • Loek van Wely player profile at Chess.com
    • Loek van Wely Chess Olympiad record at OlimpBase.org

    Loek van Wely